Leno and Letterman Duke it Out for Late-Night Supremacy
11/18/2005 12:40 PM PT
Jay Leno and David Letterman roped Howard Stern and Jerry Seinfeld into their battle for late night supremacy.
Last night's episodes of 'The Tonight Show' and 'Late Night' -- right in the middle of November sweeps -- spared no punches as the kings of late night brought out the heavy artillery. Leno welcomed Jerry Seinfeld, who's doing publicity for the upcoming DVD release of seasons five and six of his hit show 'Seinfeld.' Not to be outdone, Letterman brought back the always controversial Howard Stern, which marks the beginning of a media blitz for the "King of All Media," who's show will soon move to Sirius satellite radio.
Early numbers show Leno came out on top. Thursday night's preliminary ratings in the top 55 metered markets show Leno scored a 5 rating while Letterman trailed with a 4.4 rating. Leno figures to score a first-round knockout on Friday as well: Letterman has Senator John McCain, while Leno welcomes Teri Hatcher. Who'd you rather watch? Yeah, we thought so.